Australia has 200 fewer intensive care beds than at the start of the pandemic

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Figures provided to the federal health department show 8% drop in the number of beds, with regional areas worst affected

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Australia has almost 200 fewer ICU beds available this year than at the beginning of the pandemic, making regional areas and some states “vulnerable” to the looming surge of Covid cases, a national intensive care survey has found.

The findings of the survey completed by the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society for the federal health department were provided to national cabinet last month as state and territory leaders prepare for the easing of restrictions with Covid in the community.

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